I'm looking for a way to hide all the subcategories based in my post:

It always displays in my posts like : Categorie, sub categories.

So I'd like to exclude all of the sub_categories.

I've been trying to trick this portion of code:

<?php the_category(', ') ?>

but I can not manage to make it work .

If anybody has a solution, I ll be really thankful!! :)

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There is no filter for the_category. All that the_category does is to echo get_the_category_list. Have a look at the function in wp-includes/category-template.php lines 273 - 275

273 function the_category( $separator = '', $parents='', $post_id = false ) {
274         echo get_the_category_list( $separator, $parents, $post_id );
275 }

Personally I would say that the_category is incorrect for what you want to do, as you don't need to display any type of parent/child relationship

You can take a look at wp_list_categories which gives you a lot of flexibility. wp_list_categories is also not just limited to categories, is can be used for custom taxonomies as well.

The parameter that you should have a look at here is depth which you can set to

  • 0 - All Categories and child Categories (Default).

  • 1 - All Categories displayed in flat (no indent) form (overrides hierarchical).

  • 1 - Show only top level Categories

  • n - Value of n (some number) specifies the depth (or level) to descend in displaying Categories

Here is a slightly modified version of the code found in the codex page. I've set the depth parameter to 1, which will only show the top most category level

$taxonomy = 'category';

// get the term IDs assigned to post.
$post_terms = wp_get_object_terms( $post->ID, $taxonomy, array( 'fields' => 'ids' ) );
// separator between links
$separator = ', ';

if ( !empty( $post_terms ) && !is_wp_error( $post_terms ) ) {

    $term_ids = implode( ',' , $post_terms );
    $terms = wp_list_categories( 'title_li=&style=none&echo=0&depth=1&taxonomy=' . $taxonomy . '&include=' . $term_ids );
    $terms = rtrim( trim( str_replace( '<br />',  $separator, $terms ) ), $separator );

    // display post categories
    echo  $terms;

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